Ours Is An Age of Barbarism — Why?

Submitted by Anon on 20 August, 2007 - 2:31

“Without revolutionary theory, there can be no revolutionary movement” — Vladimir Lenin

According to the classic account by Lewis H Morgan, “barbarism” is in human history the stage between savagery and civilisation; between the stage of “savage” peoples who are hunters and casual gatherers on one side, and on the other “civilised” people who have developed cities.

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Socialist pioneer Tom Mann part 3: the struggle for free time

Submitted by cathy n on 16 August, 2007 - 12:43

Cathy Nugent continues a series on the life and times of Tom Mann

  • For part 1 click here
  • For part 2 click here
  • For part 3 click here

    Soon after Tom Mann joined the Social Democratic Federation he proposed to a packed meeting of his Battersea branch that they launch a campaign for an eight-hour day. The SDF had already made the demand part of its policy, but it was a paper policy, not something to agitate about, or fight for.

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    The left and ‘reactionary anti-imperialism’: the theory of accommodation

    Submitted by Anon on 16 August, 2007 - 12:42 Author: Clive Bradley

    In Manuel Puig’s novel The Kiss of the Spider Woman, two men confront each other in a prison cell, somewhere in South America. One is a trashy movie-loving homosexual; the other a revolutionary, a guerrilla.

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    Reject this health pay offer!

    Submitted by cathy n on 14 August, 2007 - 2:37

    Mike Fenwick, Airedale UNISON Health Branch (PC)

    Five months of negotiation since the initial offer of a staged 2.5% have produced no real results. Staging the deal meant that it would be worth only 1.9%. So health service staff were being offered less than the governments own suggested raise. It meant Alan Johnston and the treasury would save millions. And allowed a little wiggle room from which a few extra enticements could be found.

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    Church and school in the Soviet Republic

    Submitted by Anon on 14 August, 2007 - 12:08 Author: Nikolai Bukharin

    The working class and its party — the Communist-Bolshevist Party — aim not only at an economic liberation, but also at a spiritual liberation of the toiling masses. And the economic liberation itself will proceed all the more quickly, if the proletarians will throw out of their heads all the crazy ideas that the feudal landholders and the bourgeoisie and manufacturers have knocked into them.

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    The "CPGB" — Gossip or political debate?

    Submitted by cathy n on 13 August, 2007 - 3:04

    By David Broder

    The minority group of opinion in the AWL which thinks we should call for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq has been courted in recent months by the Communist Party of Great Britain, who, while displaying no interest in building working-class politics in the Middle East, have noticed a superficial similarity between their own slogans and those of our minority.

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    The spectre of eco-socialism

    Submitted by cathy n on 13 August, 2007 - 2:59

    Charlie Salmon reviews “An Ecosocialist Manifesto” by Joel Kovel and Michael Löwy

    “The twenty-first century opens on a catastrophic note, with an unprecedented degree of ecological breakdown and a chaotic world order beset with terror and clusters of low-grade, disintegrative warfare… In our view, the crises of ecology and those of societal breakdown are profoundly interrelated and should be seen as different manifestations of the same structural forces.”

    An Ecosocialist Manifesto, Kovel and Löwy

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